ACHUKA Book of the Day 18 Nov 2021
“A dazzling blend of Chinese history, myth and mecha sci-fi” VoiceMag
“If you like mechs, Chinese myth, and badass female leads, written by an author who certainly knows their stuff, this is the novel for you.” FinFiAddict
Science fiction and East Asian myth combine in this dazzling retelling of the rise of Wu Zetian, the only female emperor in Chinese history
The boys of Huaxia dream of the celebrity status that comes with piloting Chrysalises – giant transforming robots that battle the aliens beyond the Great Wall. Their female co-pilots are expected to serve as concubines and sacrifice their lives.
When 18-year-old Zetian offers herself up as a concubine-pilot, her plan is to assassinate the ace male pilot responsible for her sister’s death. But on miraculously emerging from the cockpit unscathed after her first battle, the Iron Widow sets her sights on bigger things. The time has come to take on the entire patriarchal military system.
Xiran Jay Zhao is a first-generation immigrant to Canada from China and recent graduate from Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University. Iron Widow is her first novel.
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